Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Director: Lee Daniels Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton

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Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get -- a chance to start over. Mo'nique co-stars in an inspirational drama featuring the debut performance of screen newcomer Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
UPC: 0031398119777
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 5,578

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Lee Daniels; "From Push to Precious" featurette; "A Precious Ensemble" featurette; "Oprah and Tyler: Project of Passion" featurette; A conversation with author Sapphire and director Lee Daniels; Deleted scene: "The Incest Survivor Meeting"; Audition: Gabourey Sidibe; Reflections on Precious

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabourey Sidibe Clareece "Precious" Jones
Lenny Kravitz Nurse John
Paula Patton Ms. Rain
Mo'Nique Mary
Mariah Carey Mrs. Weiss
Sherri Shepherd Cornrows
Stephanie Andujar Rita
Chyna Layne Rhonda
Amina Robinson Jermaine
Xosha Roquemore Joann
Angelic Zambrana Consuelo
Aunt Dot Tootsie
Nealla Gordon Mrs. Lichenstein
Grace Hightower Social Worker
Barret Mindell Tom Cruise
Kimberly Russell Katherine
Bill Sage Mr. Wicher
Susan Taylor Fairy Godmother
Kendall Toombs Abdul (newborn)
Alexander Toombs Abdul (newborn)
Cory Davis Abdul (9 months)
Rochelle McNaughton AIDS Clerk
Roy Anthony Tarell Harvey Boy #1
Abigail Savage Bunny
Rodney "Bear" Jackson Carl
Sapphire Daycare Woman
Linda Watson Female Clerk
Emani Reid Girl #1
Dashawn Robinson Girl #2
Ashley Livingston Girl With Jermaine
Maurizio Arseni Italian Language Instructor
Mugga KFC Cashier
Deborah Lohse Lady #1
Joye Davoren Lady #2
Chazz Menendez Man #1
Roy T. Anderson Man #2
Dewanda Wise Miriam
Quishay Peanan Mongo
Vivien Eng Nurse
Silje Vallevik Pretty Blond Girl
Matt Bralow Reggie
Shayla Stewart Ruby
Erica Faye Watson Sheila
Ephraim Benton Skinny Boy #1
Shortee Redd Skinny Boy #2
Timothy Allen Skinny Boy #3
Kola Ogundrian Skinny Man
Christopher Joseph Unruly Boy #1
Victor Woodley Unruly Boy #2

Technical Credits
Lee Daniels Director,Producer
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Lisa Cortes Executive Producer
Matteo DeCosmo Art Director
Marina Draghici Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Lynn Fainchtein Musical Direction/Supervision
Geoffrey Fletcher Screenwriter
Mario Grigorov Score Composer
Tom Heller Executive Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Asger Hussain Associate Producer
Ken Ishii Sound/Sound Designer
Jessica Kelly Casting
Joe Klotz Editor
Gary Magness Producer
Mark G. Mathis Co-producer
Damien Paul Screenwriter
Tyler Perry Executive Producer
Sarah Siegel-Magness Producer
Chip Signore Asst. Director
Oprah Winfrey Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Precious
1. Someday [3:58]
2. Principal's Office [3:43]
3. Each One Teach One [6:00]
4. Big Day Tomorrow [1:25]
5. First Day [6:27]
6. Still Hungry [3:37]
7. You Coming [2:15]
8. Meet and Greet [5:38]
9. A Single Step [2:17]
10. All Look the Same [2:52]
11. Eat It Up [5:30]
12. Home Life [1:48]
13. For the Social Worker [3:44]
14. Talk to Somebody [2:00]
15. Higher Learning [3:52]
16. Nurse John [3:14]
17. Dear Precious [3:26]
18. Can I Hold Him? [3:00]
19. Ruined My Life [3:38]
20. Just a Teacher [4:26]
21. Making Progress [4:27]
22. A Visitor [3:51]
23. Your Story [4:39]
24. On Her Own [5:18]

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Precious 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film is one of the most heartbreaking films I've ever seen. Although hard to watch at times, the incredibly raw and powerful performances given by these talented actors force you to watch and listen to it's message.
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mzmac510 More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I haven't read the book, but I have seen the movie. I must say that it is very powerful and emotional. It also goes to show that no matter what tragedies occur in life, that the power of the human spirit can and will always prevail. And this is definitely the case with Precious. All of the characters were good, but it is Monique's portrayal of Precious' mom that is the most striking. You would never think that a comedian would play such an evil, heartless role. However, Monique was right on point and deserved the awards she's won! True, some scenes in the film are hard to watch, especially the abuse scenes. But overall I highly recommend this movie.
mishawaka-bookie More than 1 year ago
Lucky viewers. Director Lee Daniels drew from a lifetime of intelligence, to assemble an unforgetable cast that puts honesty out there where it should be. Watching it is difficult. But not watching would be cheating your intelligence. It's perfectly crafted, and perfectly heartbreaking from moment to moment. A lesson learned in "there is no such case as a lost child" The magic of teaching is a bloodline to life.You will cry for Precious. And you will clap for Precious. And inbetween you will search for the words why---over and over until it aches. Dare to watch new comer Oscar nominated Gabbie Sidibe blur the lines of movie magic and life, to make movie viewers wake up to bleak reality, and just how easy a child can disappear. Teaching has and always will count for everything in life. This is a unique experience proves it. There are no thers to compare.
Sunrise-In-Kentucky More than 1 year ago
Although this movie was up for many awards and the acting was wonderful. The story itself is not good. Gabourey Sidibe was wonderful playing the part and hopefully she will get to show more of her acting talents. Mo'nique's character was a very terrible mother but Mo'nique did a great job and did work every hard and deserved the Academy Award she won. As for the movie itself, the story line was terrible and it is a tramatic story line. There are many other movies out there that deal with this same type of story lines that are much better written. I would suggest renting this one before you purchase it. I wish I could return it to the store for a refund but I have opened it and they won't take it back.
mellodivine More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the book "PUSH" by Sapphire, I rushed to see the film in NYC on opening weekend. My only regret is that I didn't have any tissues handy! The performances in this film were all so riveting and believable that there was barely a dry eye in the house at multiple points in the film. Indeed, there were literally moments where it was dead-silent except for the film's score and the sound of echoing sobs throughout the theater. It was odd to see a comedian (Mo'Nique) in such a serious role, but her performance was certainly Oscar-worthy. And newcomer Gabbie Sidibe (Precious) really stole the show. It's hard for your heart not to go out to her character. I was actually shocked that she wasn't up for an Oscar for her performance. Perhaps she'll garner a nomination for another role in the future? I expect good things from her. Some may say that this film is "sensational" or that the plot is extreme, but anyone who says that (fortunately for them) hasn't seen or witnessed the terrible things that society and our current social system can let slip by or fall through the cracks. Stories like these pass through social service systems across the country (and the world) all the time, and as you'll see in the movie, often end up getting "lost in the system." This film is not only an inspiring story of hope, survival, and inspiration, but may change the way that people view poverty, ignorance, and a whole host of other social issues besides. Never dismiss someone because of how they look, speak, sound or act. You never know what their story holds! 5 stars, hands down.
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I would not recommend anyone watching this movie although it won an oscar for the performance. The acting was very well done but not appropriate to be on the public screen, especially for children. I was appalled. One mother took her teenage daughter and she was just dumbfounded after the movie. It was just awful, in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because the early screenings of Precious from my friends came with a warning to bring tissues, I fully expected to be a goner. Yet there I sat dry-eyed through all of Lee Daniels' screen adaptation of Sapphire's celebrated 1997 novel Push. The movie has the kind of authenticity and ugly immediacy that make the tears of a viewer sitting in the dark safety of a movie theater seem a little silly - indulgent even.